Swiss international Fabian Schar has been an enormous success for Newcastle this season, but it wasn’t until early November in Newcastle’s first league win against Watford that he got his chance.
He came on at halftime in that game to replace the injured Jamaal Lascelles, and we ended up winning 1-0 and Schar was outstanding.
He’s been the first choice at center-back since that time.
But he has picked up too many bookings – 11 so far this season – so he has to cut out some of the daft bookings he has picked up this season.
But this lad plays with his heart on his sleeve which is one reason the Newcastle fans like him so much.
Fabian Schar in action at Leicester City
It was tough for Schar not playing much at all until early November and this is what he has said in an exclusive in the Star today:
“It was a hard time,” “I knew when I came here, I would need time to settle and Rafa Benitez told me I had to be patient.”
“But we were not winning games and nothing changed which was tough.” “Now Iknow Rafa was right because when I got my chance, I was ready.”
“And I really love playing football for this great club.”
“I play football with my heart and with my emotions. In each game, I give everything to my team.”
“So sometimes, it is difficult to control your emotions.”
“OK, maybe I admit one or two yellow cards were a bit stupid – getting involved with another player for example.”
“But you have to understand in these moments, you are full-on in the game. 100% there.”
“And it is also in my character. Take that away and I would be a different player, maybe not as good.”
“I am a footballer first, not just a defender but someone who likes to attack.”
Fabian Schar was a bargain buy for £3M from Deportivo, and these are some of the transfers Rafa can get done becasue of his many contacts around the world.
But the worrying news today is that Rafa’s thinking Newcastle under Mike Ashley do not match his ambitions.
And the manager is now seriously thinking of closing out his contract at Newcastle on June 30th.
He will look for another club – rather than sign the new deal he’s been offered by Ashley with only £100M in transfer funds to spend over the next two years.
That would not be good.